Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

I ran across these bars on Pinterest, and I just couldn't help making them.  They are easy and delicious.  Luckily for my waistline, they (well most of them, anyway) are going to work with my husband tomorrow!

Here's the step-by-step, the recipe will follow:

Melt 1/2 cup butter and 2 oz. of dark chocolate in the microwave.  Stir until completely smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoons vanilla, and 1 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring.

Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture and stir until combined.

Add 2/3 cup flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Mix just until all the dry ingredients are combined and there are no traces of the dry ingredients.

Pour into the parchment lined baking dish.  Spread into an even layer.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 package of cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.  Stir until creamy.

Dollop the cheesecake mixture on top of the batter.

Swirl the batter and cheesecake with a knife.  Bake in a 350* oven for 35-40 minutes.


For the red velvet:
*  1/2 cup butter
*  2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
*  1 cup sugar
*  2 large eggs
*  1 tsp vanilla extract
*  1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
*  2/3 cup all purpose flour
*  1/4 tsp salt

For the cheesecake:
*  8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
*  1/3 cup sugar
*  1 large egg
*  1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*  Preheat oven to 350*.
*  Line an 8" baking dish with parchment paper.  Make sure to leave some extra parchment paper over the edges to easily lift the bars out of the pan to cut.  Butter the parchment paper.
For the red velvet:
*  Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl for about one minute.  Stir until smooth.  Let cool for a few minutes.
*  In the meantime, whisk together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until creamy.
*  Add the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
*  Add the flour and salt and stir until just combined and there are no traces of dry ingredients.
*  Pour the mixture into the parchment lined baking dish.  Smooth into an even layer.

For the cheesecake:
*  In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until creamy.
*  Dollop the cheesecake on top of the batter and swirl until the red shows through.
*  Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
*  Cool completely on a wire rack and then put in the refrigerator to chill.  This will make it easier to cut into bars. 
*  Cut into bars and ENJOY!
Recipe courtesy of sweetpeaskitchen.com

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